Michelangelo Wine and Spirits Awards Joins Forces with Checkers to offer Consumers an award-winning Choice

Top image: Lorraine Immelman, CEO of the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards with Darno van Dyk, National Wine Buyer for Checkers.

One of Southern Africa’s leading drinks competitions, the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards, has entered into a partnership with Checkers which will give consumers greater access to the competition’s award-winning wines and spirits.


Global wine and spirits experts descend on Cape Town to swirl, sniff and spit for six days!

What sets aside the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards from all the other drinks competitions in southern Africa is the fact that the judging panels are made up of international wine and spirits experts from up to 22 countries. Since its inception 22 years ago, this has been cited as the primary reason for its growth and popularity among wine and spirits producers – both in South Africa and abroad.


Rise of the Vegan Consumer Rings Changes for Wineries

Top image: Frank Meaker, cellar master at Org de Rac

The wine industry can expect the demand for wines free from animal-based products to increase as veganism becomes one of the fastest-growing consumer trends globally. Org de Rac, the organic wine farm in the Swartland, has eschewed all animal products such as certain fining agents that have been part of the traditional wine-making process, and along with its organic status is experiencing an increase in demand due to its vegan-friendly wines.


Farming for Legacy on De Wetshof Estate

Top image: Johann de Wet and Danie de Wet.

Johann de Wet from De Wetshof Estate was recently named the Agri Western Cape and Santam Young Farmer of the Year. Samantha van den Berg reports for Die Burger newspaper where she is agriculture editor.


Johann de Wet sees Farmer of Year Award as Recognition for Wine Industry

Top image: Johann de Wet

The honour is as great and enjoyable as a well-matured Chardonnay from the Robertson region.


Diemersdal Estate Wins 3rd Trophy at Old Mutual Wine Show

Top image: Thys Louw at the 2018 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show awards function.

In what is turning out to be an extraordinary year for Durbanville-based Diemersdal Wine Estate in terms of wine awards, the Diemersdal Private Collection 2016 won the Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-style Red Blend at this year’s prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.


Org de Rac Wines takes to the Skies with RwandAir

In another boost for tourism and business travel to Cape Town, RwandAir recently introduced a direct flight between the Kigali in Rwanda, Zimbabwean capital Harare and the Mother City. With Org de Rac Winery from the Swartland selected as the preferred wine of choice on board.


De Wetshof Estate Bon Vallon Bags SA Top 100 Wines Slot and Grand Cru National Champion

The Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2017, an unwooded wine in the range of South African pioneering Chardonnay producer De Wetshof Estate, was adjudged winner of the Grand Cru Award for Best in Class as well as garnering a top 100 spot in the recently held Top 100 SA/National Wine Challenge.


Diemersdal Estate Flies Flag for South African Cabernet Sauvignon at IWC

Diemersdal Estate in Durbanville won one of only 15 Gold medals presented to South African producers at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC). The Gold went to Diemersdal’s flagship red wine, the MM Louw Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – one of only two South African Cabernet Sauvignons to achieve Gold at this year’s IWC.


JC Bekker takes over as CEO at Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons

JC Bekker (top image) has been appointed as the new CEO at Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons. He succeeds Schalk-Willem Joubert who recently resigned after 20 years with the company.

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